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Publication numberUS3385602 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 28, 1968
Filing dateApr 19, 1965
Priority dateApr 19, 1965
Publication numberUS 3385602 A, US 3385602A, US-A-3385602, US3385602 A, US3385602A
InventorsWiedeman John A
Original AssigneeJohn A. Wiedeman
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pocketed surface projectile game with plastic playing surface
US 3385602 A
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' INVENTOR JOHN AWIEDEMAN United States Patent 3,385,602 POCKETED SURFACE PROJECTILE GAME WITH PLASTIC PLAYING SURFACE John A. Wiedeman, 11520 SW. 43rd Terrace, Miami, Fla. 33165 Filed Apr. 19, 1965, Ser. No. 449,024 1 Claim. (Cl. 273123) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A game played by two opposing players consisting of a board, a ball and a pusher member used by one player for pushing the ball across the board toward the other player, the board having a tilted planar upper surface; a back wall extending along the side of the board at the higher edge thereof, the planar upper surface having a recess extending to a position adjacent the end portions, a sheet of plastic material mounted in the recess, the plastic sheet having a circular recess adjacent each end with a hemispherical abutment of smaller diameter mounted in each recess forming a peripheral recess for receiving the ball, and boundary marks formed on the plastic sheet adjacent the midportion thereof.

This invention relates to games and is more particularly directed to an indoor sport which requires dexterity and skill.

A principal object of the present invention is to provide a game which can be played indoors and is one requiring skill, dexterity and keenness of eye and hand.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a game having a circular recess or goal at each end of an inclined surface toward which a ball bearing is rolled in attempting to make a goal which occurs when the ball bearing comes to rest in the opponents recess.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a game having an inclined surface with a goal positioned at each end towards which a ball bearing is pushed by a pusher member to position the ball bearing in the goal without touching the ball bearing with ones hands or fingers.

With these and other objects in view, the invention will be best understood from a consideration of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification, with the understanding, however, that the invention is not confined to any strict conformity with the showing of the drawing but may be changed or modified so long as such changes or modifications mark no material departure from the salient features of the invention as expressed in the appended claim.

In the drawing:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a game embodying my invention showing a persons hand in dotted lines to illustrate the manner of playing the game.

FIGURE 2 is a front elevational view.

FIGURE 3 is an end elevational view.

FIGURE 4 is a fragmentary cross sectional view taken along the line 4-4 of FIGURE 1.

Referring to the drawing wherein like numerals are used to designate similar parts throughout the several views, the numeral refers to a game constructed in accordance with my invention consisting of a base member 11 which is rectangular in shape and having a slightly inclined upper surface 12 as best shown by FIGURE 3. Attached to the rear edge portion of the base member 11 is a back stop or wall 13 inclined rearwardly that prevents a ball 21 that is rolled on the inclined surface from rolling 01f the base member 11 at the rear portion thereof.

3,385,602 Patented May 28, 1968 The base member 11 is recessed as at 16 and a sheet of plastic 17 such as Plexiglas and the like is placed therein. The sheet of Plexiglas 17 extends to the edge portions 18 of the recess 16 which edge portions are positioned in equally spaced relation to the outer edges of the base member 11, there being only a sufiicient portion of the base member 11 on each end thereof to place ones hand when playing the game as is explained in detail hereinafter. The upper surface of the sheet of Plexiglas 17 is flush with the upper surface 12 of the base member 11. In close proximity to both of the side edges of the sheet of Plexiglas 17 is a circular recess 19 in the center of which there is a hemispherical abutment 20. That portion of the recess 19 which extends from the periphery of the hemispherical abutment 20 is of sufficient size to receive a ball bearing 21. When the ball bearing 21 falls into the recess 19, the ball bearing will revolve around the hemispherical abutment 20 with the outer edge and base of the circular recess 19 supporting the ball bearing 21 as best shown by FIGURE 4. A pair of lines 22 are scored on either side of the center of the sheet of Plexiglas 17 in close proximity to each other. The lines 22 determine the position at which the players of the game must not permit their hands to cross.

In the playing of the game with my device 10, the two players stand or sit so as to be astride the ends of the device 10.

The two players will have a pushing member 25 such as a package of paper matches in their hands. Without touching the ball bearing 21 with his hands, one of the players will give the ball bearing 21 a thrust with the pusher member 25 causing the ball bearing to roll in an arc toward the back wall 13 and roll past the double lines 22 toward the recess 19 on the other players side of the device 10. The opposing player is not allowed to impede the progress of the ball bearing 21 until it has passed the position of the recess 19 and rolled onto the end or out of bounds surface 12 beyond the edges 18 of the recess 16. If the ball bearing 21 rolls into and stays within the recess 19, that player scores a goal and is credited the number of points that a goal is entitled to. He also scores a point if as a result of his thrust of the ball bearing 21, the ball bearing 21 rolls across the out of bounds portion 12 and the other person fails to keep the ball bearing 21 on the board 11 with his pusher member 25. If, however, the ball bearing 21 fails to cross the furthest removed of the lines 22 before rolling off the surface 17, the other person earns a point toward the game.

After a thrust of the ball bearing 21 by one person whether a goal is made or not, his opponent gets a turn at thrusting the ball bearing 21 toward the opponents goal or recess 19. The person who scores a certain number of points amounting to game is declared the winner.

The game 10 is preferably made of wood which is inexpensive in cost, light in weight yet sturdy in construction, while the surface 17 upon which the 'ball bearing 21 is rolled is of plastic material such as Plexiglas. The pusher member 25 that may be used can be made of wood or a conventional paper match book may be used.

Having disclosed my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:

1. A game comprising a board, a ball and a pusher member, said board having a substantially flat and elongated body portion with a planar upper surface inclined to the horizontal, a back wall portion having a surface extending at an obtuse angle with respect to said upper surface along the higher edge portion of said flat body portion, said body portion having a recess extending to adjacent end portions thereof, said upper surface being formed by a sheet of plastic material received by said recess, said plastic material having a substantially circular recess adjacent each end, a substantially hemispherical abutment mounted in the mid-portion of each of said circular recesses, each of said abutments being substantially smaller in diameter than said circular recesses thereby forming a peripheral recess for receiving said ball upon its being rolled by said pusher member from the more remote end of said elongated flat body member, and a pair of lines scored on said sheet of plastic material, said lines being symmetrically disposed about a center pora player may not permit said pusher member to pass while pushing said ball.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS RICHARD C. PINKHAM, Primary Examiner.

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U.S. Classification273/123.00R, 273/127.00R, 273/129.00R
International ClassificationA63F7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F7/0017
European ClassificationA63F7/00C